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Pediatric & Neonatal Ground Transport System

Emergency Pediatric Transport Referral

Refer your critically ill or injured newborns, children or adolescents for emergency ground transportation to Cottage Health hospitals.
NICU dispatch:
PICU dispatch:

As a referring physician, you can call on Cottage Children’s Medical Center for emergency ground transportation of newborns, children or teenagers with serious or life-threatening conditions. Our specialized pediatric and neonatal ambulance service, known as “the critical care bed on wheels,” serves residents in the Tri-Counties on California’s Central Coast.

Emergency Pediatric Transport for the Central Coast

Outfitted with advanced technology to support pediatric emergency care, designated ambulances from Cottage Health bring critically ill or injured newborns and children or adolescents to our facilities, including:

When you work with Cottage Health, you can take advantage of the only ambulance service between Los Angeles and the Bay Area to offer pediatric transport to our children’s hospital 24/7/365. From Vandenberg in the north and the San Fernando Valley in the south to Arroyo Grande in the west and Bakersfield in the east, your youngest patients will benefit from intensive medical care on the road. We’ll get them safely to Cottage Children’s Medical Center as quickly as possible, and we’ll help you coordinate with air ambulance services as needed.

Ambulances Dedicated to Infants, Children & Teens

Depending on the age of the child being referred, Cottage Health dispatches a team of the appropriate medical professionals in an ambulance with specialized equipment from our dedicated fleet.

  • The pediatric intensive care (PICU) ambulance transports children from one day old to 17 years of age to Cottage Health.
  • The neonatal intensive care (NICU) ambulance transports critically ill newborns from area hospitals to Cottage Health.

Skilled & Caring Medical Team

All members of the Cottage Health pediatric ambulance team hold special training in caring for infants, children and adolescents. Serving under the medical direction of one of our neonatal/pediatric physicians, our team stands ready to deliver top-quality intensive care during the emergency transportation process.